Monobloc Chair: Joe Colombo and Vico Magistretti

Stacking Chair Universale by Joe Colombo
Stacking Chair Universale by Joe Colombo
Photo by Midcentury Modern ZA


Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti (Photo Designboom)

What’s the world’s most famous chair?

The anonymous, cheap, light-weight, portable, waterproof, stackable, easy to clean, plastic patio chair, manufactured from one (ca. 2 kilogram) piece of polypropylene in a single process, or the Monobloc Plastic Chair, produced in millions

In a post Designboom describes the history of the (in)famous monobloc: After Joe Colombo designed the first all plastic chair, Stacking Chair Universale, a chair with two types of add on legs to make its hight adjustable, the Selene Chair by Vico Magistretti was the first all plastic chair in one piece.

Designboom should know, as its co founder Birgit Lohmann, worked for Vico as his personal design assistant for 15 years.

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